In Michael’s Five Animals DVD there are two different methods of breathing.
(1) During each animal form, fresh chi (of the appropriate colour) is inhaled from the Dan Tien to the organ. Stale chi is then exhaled from the organ, through the mouth into the environment using the organ’s healing sound.
(2) At the end of each animal form there’s a resting phase in which chi in inhaled from the Dan Tien up to the organ and then exhaled from the organ back down to the Dan Tien.
I’m a bodywork therapist and occasionally suggest to a few of my (more receptive) clients they try these breathing methods at home**. Up to now, I’ve been suggesting they do Method (2) followed by Method (1). My thinking was that they should do (2) first as it builds a link between the Dan Tien and the organ and is simpler and perhaps less “weird” than (1) for those with no previous experience of qigong.
However, it’s just occured to me that the order in which I suggest clients do the breathing is the reverse of the order in the DVD.
So now I’m wondering if it would be better for clients to do (1) then (2), as in the DVD? Or is either order fine?
(**I just show clients the breathing. No body movements.)
It is my understanding that you should purge any toxic/excess qi first before circulating/tonifying. However if they are unfamiliar with qi gong the second method sounds good for simply getting in touch with the organ and LDT in the first place (smiling). I doubt any harm would come from that.
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